Small agricultural producers have recently been given better access to federal programs through the 2008 Farm Bill and the long standing programs of the Spokane County Conservation District. This workshop will be a one stop information opportunity to explore grant, loan and insurance programs that can help your farm and acreage become more profitable, sustainable and risk adverse.
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: WSU Spokane County Extension Office Room A
Cost $20 per family
Register by downloading this form and mailing it with a check (no credit cards) to Extension Office at 222 N. Havana, Spokane 99202 or call 509 477 2048 for more information.
Instructors: Steve King with the USDA Farm Service Agency, Rich Baden of the Spokane County Conservation District, Jo Lynne Seufer of the USDA Risk Management Agency
TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
Spokane County Conservation District
Programs open to small land and agricultural interests in Forest Health and Management, Watershed Planning, Stream Bank and Wetland Conservation, Firewise Planning, Sustainable Agricultural Production, Enhanced Wildlife Habitat Development and Loan and Grant funding for agricultural and small land conservation projects.
USDA Farm Service Agency
Loan Programs and Loan Guarantees for items such as Operating Funds, Machinery Purchases, Livestock Purchases, Real Estate Purchases and Improvements, Refinance of other debts to improve profitability, Loans to Beginning Farmers & Socially Disadvantaged Producers and Youth Loans
USDA Risk Management Agency
USDA Risk Management programs to protect yield and revenue risks (crop insurance). Specific topics will include Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite and the Limited Resource Farmer Waiver eligibility. The 2008 Farm Bill opened more of these programs to small agricultural producers than ever before. WINTER FARM SCHOOL is a series of winter 2009-2010 workshops being put on by the Small Farms Program to provide small agricultural interests with education and training to improve to create sustainable farm for themselves and the community. For information on this and other workshops in the series please go to http://www.spokane-county.wsu.edu/Rural%20Living/Index.html or call Pat Munts at 509.477.2173
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